Insulating your garage door is essential in reducing heat loss and keeping the temperature even in the garage.
Garage door accounts for as much as more than half of heat exchange in the garage. As a result, it’s recommended to insulate the garage door to reduce utility cost.
Other than savings in terms of lower electricity usage, the insulated garage door also keeps the dust and pest out of your garage.
Besides, the garage will tend to have lower street noise if it’s insulated properly.
One of the easiest ways to insulate your garage door is to use garage door insulation kits. These kits are cheap, costing around $100 to $300 depending on the quality of the materials.
You can buy these garage door insulation kits easily in most local hardware stores. The instruction laid out in the guidelines is easy to follow and you can do the installation work on your own in most cases.
The step by step installation task shouldn’t last more than half a day. Garage door insulation kits can be divided into four main categories.
The following paragraphs describe the different types of garage door insulation kits and their respective advantages, disadvantages as well as costs. You can also find out the different types of garage door insulation and which garage door that they will fit.
Panel Foam Garage Door Insulation Kit
The panel foam garage door insulation kit is one of the easiest for diy installation. Practically you don’t need any tools such as screws, tape or glue to put on the foam panels on the garage door.
Except a utility knife to cut the panel into the correct sizes. The foam panels will sit perfectly inside the door-frame rail channels.
The over-the-counter foam panel insulation kits usually come with panels that are enough for a single-car garage door.
If you plan to insulate a double car garage door, you should get two kits. The cost of panel foam garage door insulation kit is pretty cheap and the price is in the range of $200 to $300 for a single car garage door.
Reflective Foil Garage Door Insulation Kit
Reflective foil garage door insulation kits contains foldable foils that can be cut or trimmed to the exact dimensions that fit into any parts of the garage door.
Usually people who are insulating their garage doors with reflective foils will put on the foil on the inside of the entire garage door.
The advantage of reflective foil is that the seal on the edge of the garage door is tight, leaving little space for dust to come in or heat loss to outside.
The installation process is extremely easy as the entire foil is installed on the door. On the other hand, you have the option of installing one foil per door panel.
The cost of reflective foil garage door insulation kit is slightly cheaper and the price ranges from $150 to $300, depending on the size.
Fiberglass Panels Garage Door Insulation Kit
Fiberglass panels for garage door can be purchased in most local hardware stores. The price ranges in between $150 and $350 per kit. The kit usually comes with eight panels that are sufficient only for a single car garage door.
The installation process for fiberglass panels is a little complicated but shouldn’t take more than half a day.
Other than fiberglass panel, the kit also comes with fastening screws and bolts that are meant to secure the panels onto the door.
The advantage of fiberglass panels is that the panels are extremely durable and can last for more than 10 years. Besides, the fiberglass panels are very resistance to moisture and waters.
Foam Garage Door Insulation Kit
If your garage door is made entirely or mainly of metal, the foam insulation is the perfect fit for your garage door.
To install the insulation onto the garage door, first put on the panels and then use a special tool to inject the foam material.
The advantage of foam material is that it’s very durable and offers high R value. Once the foam is dry and hardened.
The foam material acts not only as a barrier to heat exchange but also as a sheet that prevent moisture as well as water from getting into the garage door.